5 Best Places for Cakes at Tiong Bahru

5 Best Places for Cakes at Tiong Bahru
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Tiong Bahru must be the most hip areas in Singapore now, with indie lifestyle shops, cafes and new restaurants lining the entire stretch from Yong Siak to Kim Tian. Some call this the next Holland Village. I prefer to think it still has its own old-school charm. (I am a Tiong Bahru boy by the way.)

This used to be the area where uncles ‘la kopi’, until an Aussie café called Forty Hands (or should I say Spa Espirit Group) came into the picture and revolutionised this olden town. If you haven’t heard, PS Café is also coming to Tiong Bahru too. What is happening?

Well, Tiong Bahru is also a popular area for cakes, starting with Caffe Parlet under Creative Culinaire where the famed Chef Judy also conducts baking classes at the Eng Hoon Street side. Here’s a list of 5 of my favourite places for cakes at Tiong Bahru. This is a tough one, so much so that I had to leave Forty Hands, Open Door Policy, The Orange Thimble and Social Haus out of the list. Perhaps I prefer the underdogs.

Centre Ps (Tiong Bahru)
This is truly a hidden find, where Centre Ps stands for Centerpieces, with the Ps standing for Passionately Perfecting Personalised Premier Patisserie. The man behind the counter was Chef Patissier Steven Ong whose cakes are featured in many lifestyle magazines, having helmed the pastry kitchens of the Intercontinental and Conrad Centennial Singapore collectively for the past 12 years If you need a cake in the shape of a Coach handbag, Doreamon, Angry Bird, or Hermes, he can do it for you.

78 Guan Chuan Street, #01-43 Singapore (Tiong Bahru) Tel: +65 6220 1285 Opening Hours: Mon–Sat: 10am – 8pm (Closed on Sun)

Drips Bakery Café
Drips Bakery Café has a space which reminds me of a living room space I always wanted to have. White washed wall, minimal furniture and colourful touches of decoration. While most other eateries would want to pack customers, this café has so much open space with inviting sunrays laminating the area. Their Mixed Fruit Tart with blueberries and kiwis is a pretty darling, with a soft crumply crust, cool cream cheese and very fresh fruits.

82 Tiong Poh Road, #01-05 Singapore, Tel: +65 6222 0400
Opening Hours: Sun–Thu: 10.30am – 9.30pm; Fri–Sat: 10.30am – 11pm (Closed on Tue)

Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry
Facing the main road, this old-style bakery is as old-school as it can get, selling several retro cakes and Nyonya favourites. The vibe is friendly too, where aunties and sisters come up to chit-chat if you are willing to join in their conversations. I was highly recommend the Sweet Potato Huat Kueh ($1.00) which is unlike your usual cake which is much larger in size. This is even smaller than a cupcake, light and fluffy, and contains fillings of mashed-up sweet potatoes. Eat it while it is warm and the filling will ooze. Sweet and lovely.

55 Tiong Bahru Road #01-39 Singapore 6324 1686 Tel: +65 6324 1686. Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 9am-9pm, Closed Mon

Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier
This is the most hyped-up (or overhyped) bakery café at Tiong Bahru. Of course it should be. It is opened by one of the best known marquee bakery names in Paris Gontran Cherrier, and the Spa Espirit Group (which owns Tippling Club, Forty Hands, Skinny Pizza, O My Dog, ODP). Their specialty squid ink bread and croissants fly off the shelf. The café is packed to the brim during the weekends (part of the reason why I avoid it). Try the Grapefruit and Orange Frangipane tart – it’s so strange you may like it.

#01-70 56 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160056, Tel: +65 6220 3430. Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Closed on Tues)

PoTeaTo
This new kid on the block are neighbours to Forty Hands, just two shops away. As the name suggests, it sells potatoes and tea – such a weird combination! Their desserts include cupcakes, eggless chocolate cakes, lemon meringue tart, and an earl grey made Tea-ramisu. That one I like. They offer some Sweet Potato Harvest Tarlets ($6.80). Don’t be tricked into thinking they are entirely sweet. There are chicken chunks within!

78 Yong Siak Street #01-18 Singapore 163078, Opening Hours: 11:0am – 10:00pm (Tues-Fri), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Sat), 10:00am – 9:00pm (Sun)

Share with me your favourite cake places at Tiong Bahru!

Other Tiong Bahru Entries
40 Hands (Tiong Bahru)
The Orange Thimble (Tiong Bahru)
Social Haus (Tiong Bahru)
Drips Bakery Café (Tiong Poh Road)
Centre Ps (Tiong Bahru)

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Comments

  1. Hey hey. I’m a Tiong Bahru girl! Tiong Bahru Bakery had such a wonderful pear tart it almost made it to my must-include-in-my-last-meal list. But apparently the French pastry chef went home, and now the lovely pear tarts have less ingredients, taste half as good, but are still at the same exhorbitant prices. 🙁

  2. I find TB bakery abit over hyped….its riding on spa esprit marketing tactics. Drips fared the best in terms of taste. I don’t like CENTRE PS cakes at all. Plus its facing so much competition from all the other cafes its getting dated in terms of the decor and cakes offering. Just my 2 cents..hahahaha:)

    • One man’s cake is another man’s poison. hahaha. In terms of cake alone, Centre PS, I think, has the best ‘skills’.

  3. CentrePS has fabulous macarons.
    I finally tried PoTeaTo – they have the best Ice Lemon Tea I have ever tried!

  4. Also for CentrePS, I read an interview recently where he says he has plenty of regulars – but the majority of their business isn’t walk-up/shop front – so the competition doesn’t bother him.

  5. Hi hi Daniel, my third post.

    I am blessed by such a comprehensive discourse on bakery in Tiong Bahru.

    As a tiong Bahru boy, do you wonder what happens to those old kopitiam (there is one really old charming one in a forgotten corner, selling fish ball noodles) and the provision shops (a description hardly used on any shops any more. The closest we get are those ‘pop-ups’ that have inflation-adjusted prices on childhood sweets and biscuits.)

    This gentrification of a really local, Singaporean neighbor is proceeding at such great speed, we are not lost, but a bit of our past is.

    I don’t know why this should matter on a food blog ;)…..but it has been foremost in my mind every time I go there.

    Our consumption of the latest food trend, restaurant and our search for the newest dining concept leave so many indigenous people in the “original” neighborhood behind. It was the character of the place that first drew the new establishments there and it would be socially conscientious to keep the character of the place. After all, if it was the high rent that drove them into these areas, then surely it would be rent that will drive the original residents out.

    Some names you mentioned “keep” to themselves, preferring to wrap their dining and culinary space within their doors.

    Since I am not going to be a food blogger anytime soon, perhaps my two cents worth can cause you to

    • Hi Le Peng, maybe you will enjoy this blog a lot http://www.tiongbahruestate.com/

      I think this situation is not only happening to Tiong Bahru… the residents at Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar, Serangoon, Hillcrest… all face the same ‘problem’.

      Was just discussing this with my friends the other day, we are part of the generation that experienced a slight part of the “kampong days” that PM Lee was talking about. The younger generation, won’t get it, because they never experienced it.

      This would bring about also the topic of diminishing hawker foods, where the old uncles and aunties do not have anybody to hand their skills to, and we would lose the taste of those we are so familiar with.

      Is there anything we can do? I really don’t know.

  6. Hi Daniel,

    I’m a Tiong Bahru fan boy since I studied at the defunct Tiong Bahru Primay School back in the old days.

    Have you tried the Nicher, a small stall operating out of one old coffee shop? They sell pretty good muffins and it’s run by a few young guys. I found their muffins to be very good and reasonably priced too.

    By the way, your pastries photos makes me drool already. 🙂

    • Hi Danny, yes I heard good things about them. Havn’t been to Tiong Bahru recently (ironically) because it is always very crowded! I like quieter places 😀

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